Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island
Disney Hyperion Books | Out Fall 2020 Preorder here
Starred PW Review
Written by David Goodner | Early Chapter Book, full color illustrations
“Kondo is big. Kezumi is little. They lived on an island with fruit trees and berry bushes and flitter-birds and fluffle-bunnies.
When a surprise bottle washes ashore, they discover a map with a mysterious message: WE ARE NOT ALONE. Kezumi wants to follow the map and explore the world. Kondo wants to stay home and pick fruit from the fruit tree and berries from the berry bushes. But once Kezumi builds the perfect boat, the best friends set sail together to see . . . well, they don’t know!
So begin the adventures of Kondo and Kezumi, where islands of cheese and giant mountains await. Rising stars David Goodner and Andrea Tsurumi team up for this three-book illustrated chapter-book series filled with charming quirks and unexpected discoveries. Get ready to set foot on uncharted territory with classic themes of friendship, community, and exploration.”
“Goodner and Tsurumi’s brightly illustrated chapter book should find favor with fans of Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen’s similarly designed Mercy Watson series. Short, wry, descriptive sentences make for an equally enjoyable experience whether read aloud or independently. Episodic chapters move the action along jauntily . . . A story of friendship that is both lively and lovely.”- Kirkus Reviews
“After she finds an intriguing map in a bottle, adventurous Kezumi—a small orange island dweller—persuades her much warier and larger companion, yellow Kondo, to build a boat and explore. … In prose that’s both simple and dynamic, Goodner offers a realistic sequence about boat building: “They had to make it float. Then they had to make it sail. Then they had to make it turn.” Food-gathering and other foraging scenes add fascinating survival elements, and smooth, polished artwork by Tsurumi features monster-esque characters with expressive faces as well as luxuriant flora and fauna. The personal relationships, various environments, and building projects provide multiple points of engagement to keep new readers motivated. Ages 6–8.”-Starred PW
“…K&K is an inviting and adventurous saga that kids are going to enjoy … Andrea Tsurumi’s illustrations are a delight. I’m used to seeing her work in the excellent picture books Accident! and Crab Cake, and it translates well into the picture book format. Sometimes lush and sunny, other times fantastical, Tsurumi’s playful imagination shows on every page. A thoroughly modern early chapter book with timeless themes of friendship and self-determination, readers should take to this new series quickly and fully.” - Travis Jonker, School Library Journal